No entry into Pakistan via Torkham sans passport, visa

Landikotal: Thousands of Afghan nationals, who had no valid travelling documents such as passports and visas, were sent back from Torkham border crossing and Michni post here on Wednesday by Pakistan border security forces and Khyber Khasadar Force.

The Afghan border forces themselves returned the Pak Afghan friendship buses and ambulances from the Torkham border crossing after the Pakistani border authorities imposed the condition that the Afghan nationals would not come into Pakistan without having legal travelling documents, administration and local sources said.

Thousands of people particularly the patients and women suffered hardships because of the newly implemented restrictions. The new condition of the passports and visas would greatly hurt the trade and business of the local tribal traders and transporters, Rohul Ameen Shinwari observed while talking to media persons at Torkham.

Abdul Samad Khan said that taxi drivers and those who have blood relations in Afghanistan would suffer due to the newly imposed restrictions to have visa and passport, saying the tribesmen have never kept visas and passports for Afghanistan in the past.

The security forces have also asked the Pakistanis to avoid going to Afghanistan without national identity cards, visas and passports because the Pakistanis would also not be allowed to come without having national identity cards.

The Afghan border officials also announced on speakers and asked their countrymen to go back if they don’t have visas and passports. The border forces were found busy in strictly checking the cards of the Afghans. The driver and conductor of each truck were allowed on both sides to go though without visas and passports, sources said.

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